Riviera Beach Florida hails itself as "the best waterfront city in which to live, work & play," and when you consider its location, that label isn't hard to argue. You can find this small city of about 30,000 people just south of Lake Worth on West Palm Beach's northern side. Home to the Port of Palm Beach, Riviera Beach is where you might end up if you're interested in taking a sightseeing cruise. You might also end up here if you're interested in spending time on the municipal beach, which is one of the other notable Riviera Beach attractions. There are lots of fun things to do in Riviera Beach, and boating and heading to the beach are just two of them.
Across the Intracoastal Waterway from the Port of Palm Beach is the ritzy community of Palm Beach, and you can't help but notice Peanut Island when looking east from the port. This inviting island sits in the Intracoastal Waterway about a stone's throw away. Riviera Beach doesn't boast the economic advantages that most of the other cities in Palm Beach County do, but there are some things that make a visit worth considering. You'll find a good municipal beach here, as well as a marina, and according to redevelopment plans, more amenities are on the way. Another thing that might encourage you to pay the city a visit is the fact that the Riviera Beach hotels are among the cheapest hotels in the area.
Riviera Beach Florida might be noted for its relatively high level of poverty, but it's also worth noting that it boasts a desirable location on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway. The Intracoastal Waterway and a couple barrier islands are all that separate mainland Riviera Beach from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. A series of causeways connect the city with the barrier islands should you want to hang out on their beaches. The main beach in Riviera Beach can be found on one of these islands, and it is widely considered to be a most inviting municipal beach. It definitely tops the list of Riviera Beach attractions. Singer Island is the name of the island that features the 1,000-foot-long Riviera Beach Municipal Beach. While condominiums dominate much of the skyline on this part of the Singer Island, the beach is relatively undeveloped. It is also very wide, which means that there is plenty of room for everyone.
In addition to a wide beach that boasts soft sand, the Riviera Beach Municipal Beach Park is also home to a children's play area, sheltered picnic tables, and a boardwalk. Swimming is the top thing to do at the beach on Riviera Beach vacations, though you can also go surfing or play some sand volleyball as well. Professional volleyball players come to town once a year to compete on the wide beach, which lends to its credibility as a sand volleyball hot spot. Facilities at the main beach in Riviera Beach include picnic tables, showers, and restrooms. Lifeguards are on duty from sunrise to sunset. Parking is available for a fee if you need it. Riviera Beach vacations don't have to be all about hanging out at the beach, though it is understandable if you rarely stray from the sand. When looking for other things to do in Riviera Beach Florida, you can always go boating or arrange a deep sea fishing charter.
The Riviera Beach Municipal Marina is a small marina that can be found on the mainland side of things. It is just north of the Port of Palm Beach, which helps to make it an ideal place to dock for a while. You might even stop here for a while before heading off to the Bahamas. The rates are more than affordable, and you can pay extra for extended dry storage if needed. There are 150 wet slips for those who want to keep their boats in the water and 340 dry-stack spaces that can accommodate boats that are no longer than 30 feet. If you don't have your own boat, you can rent one at the marina in Riviera Beach. You can also head to the nearby Port of Palm Beach and hop on one of the casino cruises or board one of the catamarans that are used for daily trips to Grand Bahama Island.
Though development projects are on the way, inland Riviera Beach leaves a lot to be desired, which is why many visitors stick to the more inviting coastal area. In addition to hanging out at the beach and going boating, those who are enjoying Riviera Beach vacations can also try some scuba diving. There's also more than a few good golf courses to consider in the area. Things are on the up and up in Riviera Beach, and if you like jazz, the city offers a free jazz festival on the third Thursday of every month.
Some good hotels can be found on Singer Island if you want to stay close to the beach on Riviera Beach vacations, and you can also rent a Singer Island condo if you prefer. The vacation rentals on Riviera Beach's portion of Singer Island are among the most affordable in the area, so you might look to them first when keeping your lodging rates down is a main priority. The Riviera Beach attractions aren't to be overlooked when visiting Palm Beach County, and you'll also do well to see what the nearby cities have to offer during your visit.